Locomotion and transformation of underwater micrometer-sized molecular aggregates under chemical stimuli

Taro Toyota, Taisuke Banno, Juan M. Castro, Masayuki Imai

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In this review paper, we introduce the mobility and transformation of micrometer-sized molecular aggregates (i.e., oil droplets, liquid crystalline droplets and tubes, and giant vesicles) in water under chemical stimuli. These molecular aggregates comprising lipophilic and=or amphiphilic molecules have drawn much attention as plausible prebiotic cellular structures and dynamic microreactors related to the origins of life. Here, we highlight recent advances and issues concerning the construction of such systems and discuss the implications of these findings to our understanding of protocellular systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101006
JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 15


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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